Minnesota launches new COVID-19 telehealth treatment pilot program
· The State of Minnesota launched a new telehealth test-to-treat program so Minnesotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 get medical care and treatments that lower their risk of serious illness or being hospitalized.
· Minnesotans who test positive for COVID-19 can download the Cue Health app and talk virtually with a medical professional.
· Services include consultation, medication, and delivery. The program is free and can be used by all Minnesota residents.
· For more information on how to connect with the program and instructions on getting started with the Cue Health App, visit care.cuehealth.com/mn.
More COVID-19 tests are available free online
The White House announced a limited number of free at-home COVID-19 tests for the winter. Households can order standard at-home tests or tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Older adults and people with disabilities can order from the Eldercare Locator: 800-677-1116 or the Disability Information and Access Line: 888-677-1199. Staff are available from 7:00am to 8:00pm Central Time, M - F.
Winter Fun at Ramsey County Parks
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages all year round! Head to the park and embrace the fun of winter – go sledding, skiing, snowshoeing and more. Here's what you can expect to find during the upcoming season: ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, kick sledding, and more. Go to:
Maplewood library/Service Center closed for renovation
During the closure, the Maplewood Service Center will have a satellite location at the Maplewood Mall.
New Online Resources:
Senior Community Services, a Minnesota non-profit serving older adults and caregivers, has launched a free, secure online tool to coordinate the help of family and friends. It provides care teams of informal caregivers with a way to centralize communication, including task scheduling & assignment, journaling, and local resources. Check out: CareNextion.org
Elder Voice Advocates (EVA) (formerly named Elder Voice Family Advocates) created an online tool for those looking for information on Minnesota’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health care agencies. Minnesotans can now look up the health and safety record through access to state inspection reports of every licensed senior care provider in the state on a single website. Elder Care IQ can help people identify providers that have a history of abuse and neglect of residents, as well as those that received a clean bill of health from state inspectors.
Care Options Network is now sharing their comprehensive data in a fully searchable website of collected and organized services for older adults. No personal information or fee is required to help you find the services you need. The website also provides a searchable online vacancy tool for various types of senior housing and long term care facilities. Additionally, The Network News is a weekly newsletter for care professionals, which can also be accessed online for free, whether a member of Care Options Network or not.
Peer Support Connection Warmline 1-844-739-6369
A safe and free way for individuals to receive confidential and anonymous one on one peer support. Trained peer support specialists and recovery coaches are dedicated to improving access to mental health and substance use recovery for all MN residents with a focus on reaching underserved communities. Available 5pm - 9am (7 days a week/365 days a year).